1930 August

1st Fred Lindstrom supplies the power for the Giants, driving in 6 runs with a double, single, and 2 HRs. He adds a stolen base as the Giants beat the Braves, 10–4. Yesterday the 24-year-old collected his career 1,000thhit.

At Fenway, Babe Ruth crashes a 1st inning solo homer into the CF bleachers, off Hod Lisenbee, and a two-run homer over the RF wall in the 9th, off Milt Gaston, o lead the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox.

2nd  Playing under Kansas City’s portable light system, the Pittsburgh (later Homestead) Grays 44-year-old hurler Smokey Joe Williams (27 strikeouts) spins a one-hitter to defeat the Monarchs’ Chet Brewer (19 strikeouts, including 10 in a row starting in the 7th) 1–0 in a fiercely contested 12-inning matchup. Oscar Charleston scores the only run.

3rd  In the 1st of two in a doubleheader sweep over the Braves, Chuck Klein hits safely in his 26th consecutive game, the 2nd time this season he has run a streak to this length. He will hit safely in 135 of his team’s 156 games in 1930. Klein, who hit .434 in the stretch, is stopped in the 2ndgame of the doubleheader. The Phils win, 11–5 and 4–1.

At Washington, the Senators divide a pair with Boston, winning 11–2 and losing 7–1. Joe Judge manages the Nats with Walter Johnson in mourning, Senator players will act as pall bearers at Mrs. Johnson’s funeral tomorrow.

4th At Philadelphia, Lefty Grove helps himself to his 17th win by belting a 3-run homer in the 2nd. Al Simmons adds two triples and a 2-run homer as the A’s beat Boston, 13–4.

At Detroit, Charley Gehringer hits a CF homer with the bases loaded in the 12th inning to give the Tigers a 7–3 win over Chicago. It was Gehringer’s 4th hit and 2nd homer as he drives in 6 runs. It is Gehringer’s 2nd 12th inning homer in a month: he hit one against Cleveland on July 4. Gehringer’s first homer today is an IPHR: he’s the first player since Jocko Fields in 1890 to collect a grand slam and IPHR in the same game. Roger Maris will do it in 1958.

6th   Three shots of Rye. Eugene Mercantelli, under the name Gene “Half Pint” Rye, hits 3 HRs in the 8th inning as Waco (Texas) racks up 18 runs in the frame against Beaumont. Waco wins 22–4. Rye leads off the 8th with a solo homer off Jerry Mallett, then hits a 3-run homer off Walter Newman. Newman is still on the mound when Rye comes up for the 3rd time, this at bat with the bases loaded. The 5’ 6” Rye will have 39 ML at bats and get 7 hits, all singles. Rye sets four organized baseball records for one inning with 12 total bases, 9 extra bases, 3 HRs, and 8 RBI (since tied). In 1931, Rye will hit .179 for the Red Sox in 17 games.

8th  In St. Louis, the first place Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 11–5 and are now 12 games ahead of the 4th place Birds (53-52). The Cubs win to stay close in 2nd place and the Giants sweep a pair to stay 5 ½ games behind in third place. But it will be the 4th-place Cardinals who will make the charge.

At Wrigley, the Cubs have runners on 1st and 2B in the 6th with one out, when Guy Bush tops a ball in front of the plate and Braves catcher Bill Cronin grabs the ball and tags out Bush, then throws to 3B to catch Charlie Grimm. Grimm hits a 3-run homer in the next inning as the Cubs take a 6-0 lead. Wally Berger hits a solo homer in the 9th and Freddie Maguire reaches base with 2 outs for the Braves. He goes to 2B unmolested but when he gets greedy, Gabby Hartnett throws him out at 3B to end the game.

9th  John Stone, Detroit OF, doubles in 2 runs in the 6th inning against Boston as the Tigers win 3–0. Stone has now hit in 26 straight games, but will go hitless in tomorrow’s Sunday game at Fenway. His streak started with a triple in the 2nd game of a July 12 doubleheader. Vic Sorrell tosses today’s shutout.

The A’s increase their AL lead with a second straight doubleheader sweep of the White Sox, winning 9–2 and 3–0. Jimmie Foxx’s 32nd homer, off Caraway with two on in the 8th, gives Ed Rommel the win. The second place Senators drop a pair to the Indians.

10th   In a Sunday doubleheader in St. Louis, 21,000 fans cheer as the Cards sweep two from the first place Dodgers. Burleigh Grimes takes the opener 8–2, despite Babe Herman starting a triple play for Brooklyn. Bill Hallahan K’s 12 to win the nitecap 4–0. The 4th place Cards are now 9 games behind Brooklyn.

Before 45,000 fans, the Cubs sweep two from the Boston Braves at Wrigley to move a game in back of Brooklyn. Hack Wilson drives home 7 runs on 3 homers, the last his 39th, to back up Charlie Root’s 3-hit shutout in the opener. The Cubs win 6–0 beating Bob Smith. Pat Malone completes the sweep. twirling a 5-hitter to beat Bruce Cunningham, 11–1, in the nitecap.

The last place Phillies win 18–0, as Claude “Weeping” Willoughby defeats the Reds in the first game of a twin bill, then take the 2nd game, 4–3. Chuck Klein and Lefty O’Doul each total 6 hits in the 2 games. The Phils will tie the ML mark they set last season by playing just six shutout games, winning 4 and losing 2. Today’s shutout margin ties a team record set in 1910.

At Fenway, Detroit’s Earl Whitehill wins his 9th straight, beating the Red Sox, 4–2. The Sox score their 2 runs in the 9th. Detroit collects 9 hits, but John Stone goes hitless ending his 26-game hitting streak.

11th The Cubs displace Brooklyn for the league lead, completing a 4-game sweep with the Braves. Cubs P Bud Teachout wins the final game, 4–3, in 10 innings.

12th With 40,000 fans on hand at Wrigley Field, Dazzy Vance gives up 14 hits and walks 4 but strands 16 Cubs runners. With the game tied, 2–2, in the 11th Riggs Stephenson bounces a single to drive in the winning run. Brooklyn loads the bases in both the 9th and 10th but comes up dry; in the 8th Brooklyn adds up a triple by Babe Herman, a walk to Dale Bissonette, and an Al Lopez single for zero runs.

14th  Wes Ferrell of Cleveland breezes to a 15–0 win over the league-leading A’s for his 20th win. Ferrell has 2 of the Tribe’s 20 hits, while Ed Morgan has a homer and 5 RBIs. Jack Quinn takes the loss.

The Cubs top the faltering Dodgers, 5–1, as Pat Malone (14-6) picks up the victory.

16th  Lefty Grove (20-4) wins his 20th game of the season, and 6th in a row, beating the Browns in Philadelphia, 4–2. Grove drives in the first two runs in the 2nd off Dick Coffman, who gives up 9 hits in the loss. The Browns net 10 hits off Grove.

At Wrigley, the league-leading Cubs nip the Phillies, 10–9, the play to a 3–3 tie in 11 innings before darkness intervenes. The Phils score 8 runs in the 7th to take a 9–8 lead, but Gabby Hartnett’s drive wins the game for Chicago. Hack Wilson hits his 41st homer in the opener which also extends Wilson’s consecutive-game hit streak to 22 games, the second time this season he has reached that mark. The Phils manage just two hits in the nitecap, but take a 3–0 lead into the 9th. But Chicago scores a run on a balk by Stephenson, then Woody English cracks a two-run homer to tie.

Meanwhile, the 2nd place Dodgers split with the Pirates, winning 7–5 before losing 6–2.

18th  Woody English scores 5 runs and Hack Wilson hits his 42nd HR, as the Cubs crush the Phillies 17–3. Pat Malone contributes another HR and goes the distance for the win.

19th  Goose Goslin hits 3 consecutive HRs for St. Louis to back George Blaeholder’s 7–0 shutout of the Philadelphia A’s. He finishes with 4 hits and 5 RBIs.

In the first of two, Chicago’s Hack Wilson connects off Phils P Sugar Sweetland for his 43rd HR, tying Chuck Klein’s NL record set last year. In RF, Klein waves to Wilson as he circles the bases. The Phils hold on for a 10-9 win. The second game ends in a 6–6 tie after 16 innings as each team collects 15 hits. The recently signed George Kelly, filling in for the injured Charlie Grimm, collects 7 hits in the doubleheader including five in game 2.

21st  Chick Hafey hits for the cycle, as the Cards beat the Phillies at St. Louis, 16–6.

Wally Roettger hits a grand slam and the Giants score 6 runs in the first inning at Wrigley. New York goes on to beat the Cubs, 13-6, and move within two games of first place.

22nd Dazzy Vance is given little support against the Reds. Pitcher Red Lucas’ fly ball in the 8th is misjudged and two runs score, and Brooklyn loses, 4–1.

Chicago bookends five runs in the 1st and 8th inning to defeat the Giants, 12-4, and move to three games ahead of New York in the NL race. Gabby Hartnett chips in with a grand slam.

23rd  The Yankees buy Frank Crosetti from the San Francisco Seals but allow him to play another season in the PCL before reporting. The Yankees will make a similar arrangement for Joe DiMaggio, buying him from the Seals but waiting a year before acquiring him in 1936.

The Giants’ Fred Lindstrom singles to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, but Pat Malone tops Carl Hubbell for a 4–2 Cubs win.

In the first of two at Forbes Field, Pirate rookie Spades Woods notches his first ML win, shutting out Boston, 5-0. He also triples and scores. Pie Traynor runs his hitting streak to 22-straight games. Pie is hitless in the 2-1 win in game 2.

George Earnshaw give the A’s a 2–0 win over Detroit. Earnshaw scatters 9 hits to win his 20th.

24th New York’s Fred Lindstrom has his 24-game hit streak stopped as the Giants lose to the Cubs 3–2. The game is tied 2-all in the bottom of the 9th, when the Cubs load the bases with 2 out. With the count 0-and-2, Danny Taylor the runner on 3rd, slides safely home as surprised Giant reliever Joe Heving watches and then completes his deliberate windup with a wide pitch (as noted by Jan Larson). This is the second game-ending steal of home this season.

25th  Tommy Bridges walks 12 Brownies, but Detroit still beats St. Louis, 7–5 as the rookie Bridges records his first ML win. Waite Hoyt gets the last out for the Tigers after St. Louis scores 4 runs in the 9th.

26th  Hack Wilson has 4 RBIs to lead the Cubs over the Pirates 7–5. Wilson cracks a 2-run single in the 5th, but then allows a Lloyd Waner liner to skip by him for an inside-the-park-HR, and vows to atone. He hits his 44thHR, off young Larry French, breaking Chuck Klein’s one-year-old NL record.

In San Francisco, Dolph Camilli’s brother, Frankie, dies after a boxing match yesterday with heavyweight Max Baer. Fighting under the name Frankie Campbell, he has his neck broken in the 5th round by a Baer punch and never recovers. Camilli, a star for Sacramento (PCL), will win the NL MVP in 1941.

28th  The Cards outlast the league-leading Cubs, 8–7, in a 20-inning game at Wrigley Field. Andy High’s single scores the winning run, even though High was tagged out trying the reach 2nd base. Taylor Douthit’s run is ruled to have scored before the out. Hack Wilson leaves the game with a strained back after a big swing.

Brooklyn beats up on Giants ace Carl Hubbell, scoring 7 runs in the 6thinning, en route to a win, 8–7. Dazzy Vance is the victor.

At League Park, Wes Ferrell wins his 23rd as the Indians trounce the White Sox, 10-5. The loss goes to Dutch Henry (2-17), who lasts just 2/3 of an inning. Henry has made 16 starts and lost 15 of them: his only two wins came in relief.

Despite 7 RBIs from Harry Heilmann, four coming home on a grand slam off Ray Kremer in the 1st inning, the Reds drop a 16-12 decision to the Pirates in game 1. In game 2, Pittsburgh wins again, 11-3.

29th  In the Cubs’ 2nd successive extra-inning game, Pat Malone beats Burleigh Grimes, 9–8, in 13 innings to halt the Cardinals’ 9-game win streak. Sparky Adams has his second 5-hit game of the season for the Birds. With captain Charlie Grimm out of the lineup with a spike wound, the Cubs sign George Kelly, released a month earlier by Reds.

A little comedy is injected into an 11-inning, 9–8 Braves victory over the Phillies. The Braves Rabbit Maranville makes the 3rd out of the 4th inning in a steal attempt at 2B. He argues vigorously and at length. Fresco Thompson of the Phils finally tires of it, picks up the scrappy little guy and carries him to his position at SS.

White Sox P Pat Caraway shuts out the Indians 3–0, but he has to go 13 innings to do it. The Sox out hit the Tribe 15 to 3 .

30th New York’s Carl Hubbell loses to Brooklyn 1–0 giving up a run in the 9th. With a runner on 3rd, King Carl walks 2 intentionally and then walks in the winning run. Giant coach Dave Bancroft argues the call with umpire Lou Jorda so loudly that he is suspended for 3 games.

Hack Wilson returns to the Cubs lineup and drives in 6 runs on his 45thand 46th homers of the year to lead Chicago over the Cardinals, 16–4. For August, Hack hits 13 homers and drive in 53 runs.

31st  Bill Hallahan, on the way to becoming the NL strikeout leader, fans 12 as the Cards beat the Cubs, 8–3.

With a chance to pick up a game and a half on the leading Cubs, the Giants edge the Braves 4–3 in the opener a doubleheader before 40,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd game, Mel Ott hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs to drive in 6 runs, but the Braves counter with a homer by George Sisler and two by slugging rookie Wally Berger among their 18 hits. Ott is the 4th major leaguer to hit 3 straight homers, joining Goose Goslin (August 19, 1930) Carl Reynolds (July 2, 1930), George Kelly (September 17, 1923), and Cap Anson (August 6, 1884). The final score is Boston 14, New York, 10.

At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers also roll up a football-like score when they tally 23 hits, including round trippers by Babe Herman, Glenn Wright, and Rube Bressler, to stomp the Phils 14–3. Six players have 3 or more hits.

Ed Morgan and Johnny Hodapp club 7th inning homers as the Indians plate 10 runs in the frame to break away from the Browns, 17-6. Each have 4 hits and 3 runs.